Definitions

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  • noun Plural form of First Nation.
  • noun Canada The indigenous peoples of Canada (typically not including Inuit or Metis).
  • noun Canada, less common The indigenous peoples of any country or region.
  • adjective Of or relating to a First Nation or the First Nations.

Etymologies

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1980, from first + nation.

Examples

  • Although treaties have yet to be established for many of Canada's more than 630 indigenous groups - known as First Nations - a 2004 Supreme Court ruling held that the government must consult with and accommodate aboriginal peoples when territory that they have a claim to is being mined, fished or otherwise exploited.

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  • Aboriginal groups, also known as First Nations, say they fear the consequences of a spill from the pipeline, which would pass through some of Canada's most spectacular mountain landscape.

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  • Although treaties have yet to be established for many of Canada's more than 630 indigenous groups - known as First Nations - a 2004 Supreme Court ruling held that the government must consult with and accommodate aboriginal peoples when territory that they have a claim to is being mined, fished or otherwise exploited.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Aboriginal groups, also known as First Nations, say they fear the consequences of a spill from the pipeline, which would pass through some of Canada's most spectacular mountain landscape.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • The Aboriginal peoples of Canada are comprised of three groups: First Nations, which is actually comprised of hundreds of distinct nations or bands (such as the Mohawk Nation and the Algonquins, for example); the Inuit, who inhabit the Arctic and subarctic regions of Canada

    Progressive Bloggers

  • The Aboriginal peoples of Canada are comprised of three groups: First Nations, which is actually comprised of hundreds of distinct nations or bands (such as the Mohawk Nation and the Algonquins, for example); the Inuit, who inhabit the Arctic and subarctic regions of Canada

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  • Guujaaw, President of the Haida Nation on the north-west coast of British Columbia, recalls the First Nations struggles to end MacMillan Bloedel's clear-cut logging of the Haida Gwaii's world-renown old-growth forests.

    The Dominion: All Stories

  • It's damned serious, but I'd say Canada's ancient policy of cultural genocide against the First Nations is the biggest issue.

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  • In 2000, he wrote an explosive book called First Nations?

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  • Representatives of the canadian tribes, known as First Nations, say Palin and other pipeline proponents are treating them with disrespect.

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